Uttarakhand to give Rs1.87 relief in petrol hike

Following the cabinet decision, consumers from Uttarakhand would get a relief of Rs1.87 per litre on petrol prices

Dehra Dun: After a steep hike in petrol prices announced by the centre, the Uttarakhand government has decided to waive off VAT on the increased amount, providing a a relief of Rs1.87 per litre to the people of the state, reports PTI.

A decision to this effect was taken at the state cabinet presided over by chief minister Vijay Bahuguna here last night, official sources said here on Thursday.

Following the cabinet decision, the consumers of the hill state would get a relief of Rs1.87 per litre on the prices of petrol, they said.

After the hike in the prices last night, petrol is currently being sold in Uttarakhand at the rate of Rs75.24 per litre.

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Zohal Hamid moves HC to withdraw molestation case against Pomersbach

 Pomersbach was arrested last Friday for allegedly molesting her and injuring her fiance Sahil Peerzada after an IPL party in a five-star hotel in Delhi

New Delhi: American national Zohal Hamid on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the first information report (FIR) in the molestation case against Australian cricketer Luke Pomersbach after both the parties reached a settlement last night, reports PTI.

The petition by Zohal in the High Court is likely to be taken up on Friday.

Pomersbach was arrested last Friday for allegedly molesting her and injuring her fiance Sahil Peerzada after an IPL party in a five-star hotel here.

Pomersbach, playing for Royal Bangalore Challengers (RCB) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), was later released on bail on the condition that he would not leave the country and contact Zohal.

Pomersbach had allegedly hit Sahil when he objected to the cricketer's alleged misbehaviour with Zohal. In the fight, Pomersbach had also got his right hand fractured.

The first indication to this out of court settlement came yesterday when Sahil's brother Feroz claimed they did not want to pursue the case. Feroz had said that Pomersbach should not have done what he did.

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Ashok Chavan to depose before Adarsh panel on 30 June

Chavan filed a fresh application clarifying that in his earlier letter he did not intend to suggest that he would not be available to the commission

Mumbai: In a U-turn, Maharashtra's former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday told the two-member inquiry commission probing the Adarsh housing society scam he is ready to appear before it on 30th June, reports PTI.

Chavan, an accused in the Adarsh case, also being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had on 22nd May sought exemption from appearance before the judicial panel, saying his evidence would have been relevant only on issues of ownership of the land on which the 31-storey building stands and whether it was reserved for Kargil widows and war heroes.

The two issues have already been decided by the panel.

"As the commission has already submitted its report to the government on these issues I (Chavan) may be exempted," the former Chief Minister had said in his application.

However, Chavan filed a fresh application today clarifying that he did not intend to suggest that he would not be available to the commission.

"The applicant's (Chavan) only request is that he be called for deposition on or after June 30. The applicant has been named by CBI in their FIR and in view of his requirement in Delhi in a pending proceeding, his deposition before the commission may be deferred," today's application says.

The commission headed by Justice (retd) J A Patil accepted Chavan's application and directed him to appear before it on 30th June, while disposing of his previous petition seeking exemption.

Chavan, who was earlier directed to appear on 23rd May, will now give his deposition after the commission completes recording the evidence of Union Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde.

The commission had yesterday summoned Deshmukh and Shinde, both former Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, on 21-22 June and 25-26 June, respectively.

The panel, in its interim report, had said the land belonged to the state government, contrary to the claim of Ministry of Defence that it was defence land.

Chavan is alleged to have recommended allotment of 40% flats in the Adarsh Housing Society, said to be originally meant for Kargil widows and war heroes, to civilians.

His relatives were alleged to have got flats in the building as quid-pro-quo for extending favours to the society.

Chavan was the Revenue Minister from 1999 to 2003 when the land was allotted to the housing society and Deshmukh the Chief Minister.

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